Long Branch: An excited Natalie Turner, a chaperone for the annual Get on the Bus tour of black colleges and universities, told Word On The Shore the 31 high school students were learning a lot about what it takes to go on to further their education in the week-long, visit-packed journey.
“Today three of the students were interviewed and accepted to South Carolina State University,” Turner said.
The students are seniors Gerell Carpenter, Shaquan Gwaltney and Myeson Pennington.
“They were prepared with the school records and other documentation to allow them to submit on-site applications and hopefully gain the university acceptance," Turner said.
The pre-trip Soul Food dinner the week before included helpful advice to bring the records as well as tips on dress, travel needs, and a quick review of business-like demeanor to make a good self-presentation to the university staff and interviewers.
City Recreation and Human Services Director Carl Jennings was thrilled with the acceptance of the three accepted to the university.
“The students are serious about the trip, and have come prepared," Jennings said. "The trip is going well. It is getting rave reviews."
“We will visit North Carolina A&T State University and NC Central tomorrow (April 16) and will see the Charlotte Bobcats play in the evening," Jennings continued. "A full day for everyone.”
The students will return on Friday night.
Stay tuned to Word on the Shore for more news on the trip.